Angry resident slams E.P.C.

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NOT HAPPY: Tauiliili Joseph Fruean has had enough of E.P.C.

NOT HAPPY: Tauiliili Joseph Fruean has had enough of E.P.C. (Photo: Misiona Simo)

A businessman has had enough of what he described as the Electric Power Corporation’s pathetic excuses.

Yesterday, a fed up Tauiliili Joseph Fruean, contacted the Samoa Observer to vent his frustrations after going without electricity for a few days.

On Monday, Tauiliili who runs an accommodation business at Lelata, had waited for E.P.C. to remove some tree branches from the electrical lines which had killed his power supply.

They never showed up. 

Tauilili said it was only after they were told the Samoa Observer reporter was on her way they showed up.

When the Samoa Observer arrived, the E.P.C. team was already there.

But Tauiliili was beyond madness.  

He was furious about how long it had taken to do what should have otherwise taken only a few minutes. 

When the power was knocked out, Tauiliili said they had guests.

“My power is off,” he told the E.P.C. team.

“I have fourteen guests at this accommodation. So if the food and everything in the fridge becomes bad, are you going to pay for it?”

Tauiliili said he had warned the E.P.C. about the tree branches.

“The first time E.P.C. came here, I told them to cut down those trees that are close to the power lines and they said not to worry about it.

“Now look at what has happened.” 

HERE TO FIX: Electric Power Corporation trying to solve the problem.
HERE TO FIX: Electric Power Corporation trying to solve the problem.

The businessman is sad saying many people suffer because of this attitude.

“If I wasn’t doing any work right now, I would’ve gone and seen the Minister. I’m a hard working person so I need things like these to be done right.” 

Tauiliili said his children contacted E.P.C. on Monday and no one bothered to turn up. He said if he didn’t tell them that he was calling the Samoa Observer, they wouldn’t have shown up yesterday.

They removed the tree branches before the Samoa Observer arrived for photos. 

“Your service is very bad,” said Tauiliili.

“Your corporation bought 25 new cars to do these services but you’re still the worst.”

 “For any work, common sense is required. That’s why Tofilau (Eti Alesana) said to use your common sense. This is where you use your common sense.”

 The businessman was even more frustrated with the excuses he was given.

“Don’t talk to me about how you had to do whoever’s work first and writing reports about this,” he said.

“Just fix these power lines. Our power is off. If this were the Minister or any of your family members, you would’ve done it straight away.

“And don’t tell me that you wouldn’t do it for the Minister because you know you will get fired if you don’t do it.”

When E.P.C. representatives who were there were asked for a comment, they said they are only responsible for clearing power lines.

They said a different team is responsible for cutting down trees that come in contact with power lines.

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